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  • Haberdashers’ Adams
    High Street
    TF10 7BD
  • Head: Mr Gary Hickey
  • T 01952 953810
  • F 01952 386301
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Telford and Wrekin
  • Pupils: 1,068; sixth formers: 387
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Day free; Boarding: £12,390 pa
  • Open days: Open events usually take place in Feb annually however, all date are communicated via School website.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 27th November 2013
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The sixth form pupil who showed us round was a poster for the well-rounded Adams’ student; studying double maths and physics at A level, he had a place at a top university to read music. Vast array of clubs which is quite astounding for the state sector: astronomy, debating, creative writing, raspberry pi robot building, engineering, sculpting, taiko drumming. If the Adams pupil of today likes rugby (and plenty do), it will be rugby plus Chekov ...

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What the school says...

A selective state grammar school for day pupils and boarders, judged outstanding by Ofsted, and located in the market town of Newport, Shropshire. We welcome boys aged 11-18 as day boys or boarders and girls aged 16 - 18 as day girls in our sixth form.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Gary Hickey BA (music, Manchester Metropolitan University) MA in education (Birmingham) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Previously deputy head at Ercall Wood Technology College in Wellington, became deputy head at Haberdashers’ Adams in 2009, head in 2015. Since then, he has set about transforming the outlook and ethos of this boys’ state grammar (also offers boys’ boarding and open to day girls at sixth form) with great vigour and a clear social focus.

Ten years ago, he tells us, Adams was perceived as a closed shop to locals. One parent described it as ‘the Willy Wonka’ factory, iron gates firmly shut. ‘Elitist and inward looking’ is how he himself sums up the ghost of Adams past, a school turning out hearty medics with a penchant for...

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